A responsible business

Stena’s sustainability work is based on the Group’s core values of Care, Innovation and Performance. It aims to reduce the Group’s impact on the environment and ensure ethical conduct, while contributing to economic development.


The Stena Group contributes to society in various ways. Activities in shipping and ferry operations involve the transportation of goods, vehicles, raw materials and passengers. The transportation stimulates increased trade and ensures that some of the global energy needs are met. Stena is also a large producer of renewable electricity and provides many people with safe accommodation in the Group’s properties. Stena companies provide work for 15,000 people and are an important customer to many suppliers in the shipping industry, particularly shipyards where newbuilding projects are carried out.

Priority sustainability issues

Safe, sustainable and environmentally sound operations are of paramount importance, and a cornerstone of Stena’s brand. The sustainability matters identified as most important for Stena are those related to the environment, safety, community involvement and our employees.

Environmental sustainability is mainly about energy efficiency measures on land and at sea aimed at reducing consumption and therefore the environmental impact. Shipping is the most environmentally friendly mode of transport in relation to cargo volume, and about 90% of world trade is conducted over the oceans. However, there are major advantages to be gained from improving the efficiency of operations and reducing energy consumption.

Innovation and new approaches are an important part of the environmental work, both at sea and on land. One example is Stena Line’s work on reducing food waste on ferries by converting the waste into biogas, which brings both economic and environmental benefits. Another example is the development of new fuels, with Stena having produced the world’s first passenger ferry running on methanol.

Responsibility for safety

Stena has a vision of zero accidents and makes safety work a priority in order to safeguard the work environment for employees, and also to increase the safety of passengers and transported goods. This also applies to accommodation in the Group’s properties. All employees are encouraged to continuously make risk assessments, and to discontinue an operation if there is a danger of accidents. Continuous safety exercises are carried out in all parts of the business.

Stena is involved in, and takes responsibility for, society and development of the industries in which it operates. The goal is to be a responsible company that is part of the community and works in close dialogue with the authorities and societal functions, either directly or through interest organisations, both sectoral and national. Stena participates in different ways in a large number of local activities in the areas where the Group’s companies operate and by supporting selected international projects. The focus is on engagement where there is a reciprocal exchange.
Employees are the Group’s most important asset. Stena invests heavily in ensuring its employees are developed and emphasises how important it is that they should have the right skills. The leaders of tomorrow are developed through Stena’s leadership programme, and a number of activities in fitness and health are conducted in the different business areas. Stena Voice is an employee survey that is conducted regularly, in which employees answer questions about the experience of their work situation.

Sustainability at Stena is based on three pillars:

  • financial responsibility, with the aim of contributing to economic development;
  • environmental responsibility, where the goal is to reduce the Group’s impact on the environment; and
  • social responsibility, where the fundamental approach is to act ethically in everything the Group does.

Read more about Stena's sustainability work in the Sustainability report 2015


  2013 2014 2015
Northern Marine Group (NMG) 0.36 0.58 0.41
Stena Roro 0.77 0.39 0.41
Stena Drilling 0.58 0.00 0.29
Stena Bulk 0.18 0.18 0.00
Stena Line1) 2.19 1.82 1.80
1) Including service staff for passengers
Lost Time Injury Frequency is a measure of workplace safety used for the crew on board. The number of LTI (injuries that leave the employee unable to work the following day) are reported per million hours worked.

Reduced fuel consumption
per nautical mile

Stena’s  fleet is becoming increasingly efficient. In 2015, fuel consumption per nautical mile was 2.25% lower than in 2013.


The sustainability issues identified as most important for Stena are related to the environment, safety, community involvement and employees.
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